It may not seem intuitive, but AirPods always pair with any Bluetooth device.
There are perfect pairings in this world. Peanut butter and jam. Beyoncé and Jay-Z. AirPods and androids.
No, really, hear us out. Apple AirPods are not iOS-exclusive devices. If you keep an eye on these white wireless earphones (1
You do not get all the features you would get with an Apple device. The battery indicator for the AirPods will not appear on your phone, and Siri will not be available to answer your requests. However, you can download the Assistant Trigger app to see battery life on your phone and start the Google Assistant with a pair of earbuds.
If this still sounds like a good idea, then you should do the following:
Go to Settings> Connections / Connected Devices> Bluetooth on your Android device and make sure that Bluetooth is activated. Then open the AirPods case, tap the white button on the back, and hold the case near the Android device. Your AirPods should appear in the screen list of connected devices. Tap the AirPods name on the screen and you should be on the way.
Now you just have to flash your Android while your AirPods are stuck in your ear. Even if you may not hear the people around you, you may see their confused expression. They are the bridge between Apple fans and rabid Android enthusiasts.